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Nadeshot and Pr0lly reveal why 100 Thieves passed on Pobelter

Published: 7/Feb/2019 15:28 Updated: 7/Feb/2019 15:35

by Matt Porter

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100 Thieves CEO Matt ‘Nadeshot’ Haag and Head LoL Coach Neil ‘Pr0lly’ Hammad have explained why the team chose not to sign former Team Liquid star Eugene ‘Pobelter’ Park.

One of the biggest roster changes in North America’s LCS saw Nicolaj ‘Jensen’ Jensen leave Cloud9 to step into the mid-lane position at Team Liquid.

Pobelter, who had decided not to sign a new deal after the League of Legends World Championships to explore other options, was left searching for a new team, with his spot now occupied by the Dane.

Pobelter represented Team Liquid in the 2018 LCS Spring and Summer Splits.

With 100 Thieves searching for a mid-laner, some felt that the organization was a likely destination for Park, but, 100 Thieves ended up signing Choi ‘huhi’ Jae-hyun from CLG, despite many believing Pobelter to be the better player in recent years.

In a recent ‘Ask Thieves’ video, Pr0lly addressed the decision to sign huhi, and revealed that while there was an opportunity to sign Pobelter, they chose not to.

“Last year I got the same response we picked up Ryu,” said Hammad. “I saw what could be done with Ryu, and I saw the same in huhi too. Comparing him to Pobelter, who was also under consideration, there was a lot of things that didn’t fit the way we wanted to play. I need a really vocal mid-laner, one who can play a certain style and Pobelter does not fit that for me. He would not be a good fit for my coaching style or the team I want to make.”

For mobile users, Pr0lly talks about Pobleter at 29:34.

Pobelter eventually landed on Flyquest, a team where the expectations are lower than they were at Team Liquid. His new squad have managed an extremely impressive start though, currently sitting in second place in the LCS with a 3-1 record.

For 100 Thieves, the opening weeks of the LCS have been more difficult, with early struggles and misplays leaving them at 1-3 heading into the third week of competition.

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BBC creating LEC documentary following EXCEL, narrated by Cillian Murphy

Published: 2/Dec/2020 11:02 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 11:06

by Adam Fitch

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Major British broadcasting company BBC are set to release a five-part documentary following UK esports organization EXCEL ESPORTS.

The series, named ‘Fight for First: EXCEL ESPORTS,’ follows the org’s team in the European League of Legends competition LEC throughout the 2020 Spring Split.

The documentary is narrated by Cillian Murphy, an actor who’s been nominated for awards at the Golden Globes and BAFTA, and will be broadcast on BBC iPlayer in early 2021.

In 2020’s Spring Split, EXCEL finished in seventh place — narrowly missing out on a spot in the playoffs with a record of seven wins and 11 losses.

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Dele Alli recently joined the growing list of footballers getting involved in the esports scene by partnering with EXCEL.

The description for the upcoming documentary will shed light on the “deep-rooted” reasons that the players compete as they are “navigating the growing pains of adulting, living away from home, love, new friendships, and fame.”

November 2020 was a busy month for the organization, not only changing their logo and ethos to represent “The Power of Better” but announcing that Tottenham Hotspur and England national footballer Dele Alli had joined as their first global ambassador.

Dexerto spoke with CEO Wouter Sleijffers at the time of the announcements to understand the need for change and what the future of EXCEL looks like.

“My sons love gaming,” said Cillian Murphy. “When I showed them the trailer for this, they said I had to do it. Being involved in Fight For First has been a great experience and there is so much more to professional gaming than I ever thought. It has opened up a whole new world to me and this series provides a proper insight into a fascinating, global industry.”

BBC picked up more esports programming just in November, acquiring the rights to broadcast Counter-Strike competition BLAST Premier for the remainder of the 2020 season. In 2020 alone, the media giant has also shown Rocket League and sim racing.